VIDEO: Incredible First Ever 360° Backflip From Great Britain’s Charlotte Worthington Wins Them the Gold Medal in BMX

Published 08/01/2021, 6:00 AM EDT
Tokyo 2020 Olympics – BMX Freestyle – Women’s Park – Final – Ariake Urban Sports Park, Tokyo, Japan – August 1, 2021. Charlotte Worthington of Britain in action. REUTERS/Matthew Childs


Great Britain’s Charlotte Worthington pulled off a never before tried trick in the Olympics to win gold over the American gold medal favorite, Hannah Roberts. The event took place at the Ariake Urban Sports Park as hundreds of Japanese fans gathered on the Yurikamome bridge to catch a glimpse of the event. 

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Charlotte Worthington’s first run was off to a good start till she attempted a 360 backflip and crashed. Hannah Roberts took an impressive lead with her first run, scoring a 96.10. It seemed like she was cruising to victory. 

Tokyo 2020 Olympics – BMX Freestyle – Women’s Park – Medal Ceremony – Ariake Urban Sports Park, Tokyo, Japan – August 1, 2021 Gold medallist Charlotte Worthington of Britain and bronze medallist Declan Brooks of Britain pose. REUTERS/Matthew Childs

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Hannah Roberts was the favorite to win Olympic gold at the Women’s BMX freestyle event. Roberts was the first-ever BMX freestyle world champion just two years ago at the age of 17. As she had been dominating the sport, fans expected her to win a medal at Tokyo 2020.

Great Britain’s Charlotte Worthington had to come up with something really special to beat Roberts’s score of 96.10. She attempted a 360 backflip on her first run, but crashed. 

At an event like the Olympics, many athletes would play it safe and not go for the same move that they just crashed out on. However, in a daring move, Charlotte Worthington attempted the same 360 backflip on her second run and landed it. She outscored Roberts, scoring 97.50, with a never-before-seen trick in the Olympics. 

BMX success for Great Britain

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Charlotte Worthington added to Britain’s BMX success at the Tokyo Olympics 2020 as her teammate Declan Brooks took the bronze in the men’s event. This came after Britain’s Bethany Shriever took gold in women’s BMX racing a couple of days earlier. Kye Whyte also took Silver for the British at the men’s BMX racing event. 

Tokyo 2020 Olympics – BMX Racing – Women’s Individual – Final – AUP – Ariake Urban Sports Park, Tokyo, Japan – July 30, 2021. Women’s Individual gold medallist Bethany Shriever of Britain celebrates alongside Men’s Individual silver medallist Kye Whyte of Britain. REUTERS/Matthew Childs

Charlotte Worthington’s story is inspiring for all of us. She quit her job as a chef in 2017 to focus full-time on BMX. In the end, her sacrifices and hard work paid off. She took a risk, and she pulled off a trick no one else dared to attempt.

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Allan Binoy is a Combat Sports Author at EssentiallySports. He is currently pursuing a bachelor's degree in English Literature. Allan is a semi-professional football player for Diego Juniors FC.

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